Tools of the trade
Most of my research has focused on solutions to problems that rely to a great deal on field observations and subsequent microscopic research. Working with dinosaurs, some of the most interesting discoveries are the small things such as the nature of the microvertebrate population. Years ago, Emile Pessagno and I contributed to the solutions of terrane ages and plate tectonic solution using radiolarian microfossils. Now, I am working on projects that involve small foraminifers that tell stories of huge waves sweeping over barrier islands and of tiny bits of plastic that are alarmingly collecting in our ecosystem.
The next couple of years
- Complete research on the Boquillas sea floor near Lajitas, Texas. A manuscript should be completed by the end of 2016. This will wrap up my work in this area.
- Paleotempestology of the Gulf of Mexico margin and in the Caribbean. The goal is to trace major storms back in time for a few thousand years based mostly on sedimentology, paleontology, and radiometric dating. Several cores are promising.
Microplastic pollution. Synthetic fibers in Galveston Bay come is a range of colors. Sand grains for scale.
- Documenting the abundance of microplastics in Galveston Bay. The stuff is everywhere.
- Montgomery and Barnes, 2012, Paleolimnology of Uppermost Cretaceous Lacustrine Deposits in Western Texas. Palaios, v. 27, p. 386-394.
- Montgomery and Donaldson, 2014, Using Problem-Based Learning to Deliver a More Authentic Experience in Paleontology. Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 62, p. 714-724.
Fossils from the microvertebrate lenns. Scale bars are 1.0 mm.
- Montgomery, H., and Clark, S., 2016, Paleoecology of the Gaddis site in the Upper Cretaceous Aguja Formation, Terlingua, Texas. Palaios, (in press).